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  • Trio plead guilty in federal meth case

    Three people pleaded guilty in federal court on Wednesday for their roles in an area methamphetamine conspiracy.

    Roane County residents Amanda Wells and Lamar England, and Morgan County resident Clarence Laymance are tentatively scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 2.

    Each appeared before U.S. District Judge Pamela Reeves on Wednesday at the federal courthouse in Knoxville. Wells, 28, and England, 48, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 5 grams or more of meth. Laymance, 45, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of meth.

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  • Police: Speed caused fatal wreck

    From staff reports

    Rockwood Police Department has identified speeds in excess of 85 mph as a factor in the single-car crash that killed three on North Kingston Avenue last week.

    “The RPD, using information obtained from CIRT using data analysis downloaded yesterday from the vehicle’s Electronic Control Module [ECM] is complete,” said Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright in a press release.


    The Rockwood community continues to heal after the loss of one of its youth last week in a tragic single-car crash last Friday.

    Malachi Thomas’ stepgrandmother Dean Willis is among those struggling with the loss.

    “He was a wonderful child,” Willis said of the 14-year-old Rockwood Middle School eighth-grader.

    “He was our love. All of them we love, but I don’t know, there was something special about him too. We are going to miss him very much.”

  • Harriman man killed in I-40 crash

    A Harriman man was killed in a crash Friday morning near mile marker 357 on Interstate 40.

    Tennessee Highway Patrol reports identified the man as 46-year-old Randall Norton.

    The report said Norton was behind the wheel of an eastbound Kia Spectra that struck a Freightliner in the rear and came to an uncontrolled stop in the far right lane of travel.

    The report indicated the Freightliner was traveling at a slower rate of speed up a hill due to a heavy load, and it is believed Norton did not notice the slower speed of the truck.

  • New OS water fee offers ‘leak insurance’

    Oliver Springs water department customers will see an increase on their bills in the coming months, but may opt out of the charge.

    The town’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted Thursday to approve a $1.55 increase per bill to cover insurance that will be provided through an outside company.

    The insurance will cover leaks up to $2,500 occurring within the lines that are the ratepayers’ responsibilities.

  • Weekend 4th biggest for power peaks

    Last weekend’s frigid temperatures made TVA history.

    “This past weekend’s cold weather was one for the record books,” said Patrick Walshe, manager of resource operations and analysis for transmission operations and power supply.

    “We experienced record weekend power peaks. And, since the temperatures stayed below freezing all weekend, a lot of energy was used.”

  • Pill conspiracy accomplice gets 10-year sentence

    Federal prison sentences continue to be dished out for the people involved in an East Tennessee pill conspiracy.

    Shannon Hill appeared before Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan on Jan. 4 to learn her fate. Varlan sentenced her to 10 years in prison.

    Hill, 37, was born in Roane County and graduated from Roane County High School in 1997.

    According to court records, she worked with Stephanie Puckett at four East Tennessee pain clinics between 2012 and March 2015.

  • Trio racks up child neglect charges

    A stepfather was charged with child abuse and neglect on Jan. 4.

    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office report, deputies went to 104 Cedar Grove Street, Loudon, to conduct a welfare check on a 19-month-old child.

    “Once on scene, deputies were allowed into the home by Justin Sampson, the child’s stepfather,” the report said. “While inside the residence deputies observed a bent spoon, cut cigarette filters, and an orange cap to a syringe.”